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URI Student Conduct

University Student Handbook

1. Honesty

It is a URI CORNERSTONE that "we pursue knowledge with honesty, integrity, and courage." Therefore, students are expected to be honest in all their interactions and academic work.

1.1 Truthful Information
1.2 Truthful Access
1.3 Tampering with Information
1.4 Academic Honesty
1.5 Procedures
1.6 Records

1.1 Truthful Information

Providing incorrect, untruthful or incomplete information in response to legitimate requests by University officials or conduct boards is prohibited.

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1.2 Truthful Access

Seeking or obtaining University privileges or services to which you are not entitled is prohibited.

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1.3 Tampering with Information

Destroying, altering, or concealing information of violations of community standards in an attempt to avoid consequences or to assist another to avoid consequences is prohibited.

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1.4 Academic Honesty

Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. A student's name on any written work including assignments, lab reports, internship reports, papers, or examinations, shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student's own thought and study. Work should be stated in the student's own words and produced without assistance or properly attributed to its source. When students are authorized to work jointly, group effort must be indicated on the work submitted.

Most academic work builds on the contributions of others. Students have an obligation to know how to quote, paraphrase, summarize, or reference the work of others with integrity. A source need not be given for common knowledge within a discipline. Students should seek guidance from instructors about the preferred citation style for each course. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with that style and utilize it in their work for that course. In addition, utilizing campus academic resources including the Academic Enhancement Center and the Writing Center are encouraged and not a violation of this policy.

While intent or negligence may affect the seriousness of the sanction, the following examples of academic dishonesty apply regardless.

  • Using story material, wording or dialogue taken from published work, motion pictures, radio, television, lectures, websites or similar sources without appropriate quotation marks, citation or footnote reference
  • Claiming disproportionate credit for work not done independently
  • Submitting work without acknowledging aid received or claiming disproportionate credit for work done jointly
  • Unauthorized possession or access to exams
  • Unauthorized communication during exams
  • Unauthorized use of another's work or preparing work for another student
  • Taking an exam for another student
  • Altering or attempting to alter grades
  • The use of notes or electronic devices such as calculators, computers, or cell phones to gain an unauthorized advantage during exams
  • Fabricating or falsifying facts, data or references
  • Facilitating or aiding another's academic dishonesty
  • Submitting the same paper for more than one course without prior approval from the instructors
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1.5 Procedures

The following procedures apply when there is an allegation of academic dishonesty.

  1. The instructor has the following options when dealing with a case of academic dishonesty (a-d):
    1. may fail the student for the assignment;
    2. may fail the student for the course, with authorization from the instructor's dean; and/or
    3. may request conduct action. This request may be made in lieu of or in addition to a grade adjustment.
  2. The instructor is required to:
    1. notify the student of the allegations; and,
    2. send written notice to the instructor's dean, the student's academic dean and the dean of students.
  3. The dean of students notifies the student in writing of the academic dishonesty violation. If it is a first offense and no conduct action is requested, students are sent an official warning letter. Repeat infractions will have conduct action initiated against the student. Conduct action on an allegation of academic dishonesty may be requested by the instructor's dean or by the instructor with a statement of position from the instructor's dean. Appeals for conduct action will be followed in accordance with Section 26 of this handbook.
  4. Students accused of academic dishonesty within the drop period may be denied the opportunity to drop the course. This requires authorization from the instructor's academic dean. If the accusation is not upheld in an academic appeal, the student will be given the same options available before the end of the drop period without penalty.
  5. The student may appeal the allegation of academic dishonesty to the instructor's dean. The student or instructor may appeal the dean's decision to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs whose decision on the appeal shall be final. For further academic appeal options students may consult the University Manual.
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1.6 Records

A cumulative file on student violations will be maintained in the Office of Student Life. If a student has only one violation of the academic honesty policy, it will not be reported to any outside agencies.

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